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Art against dictatorship: making and exporting arpilleras under Pinochet

Art against dictatorship: making and exporting arpilleras under Pinochet

Adams, Jacqueline, author

During the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile, some of the country's least powerful citizens - impoverished women living in Santiago's shantytowns - spotlighted the government's failings and use of violence by creating and selling arpilleras, appliquéd pictures in cloth that portrayed the unemployment, poverty, and repression that they endured, their work to make ends meet, and their varied forms of protest. Smuggled out of Chile by human rights organisations, the arpilleras raised international awareness of the Pinochet regime's abuses while providing income for the arpillera makers. Using the Chilean arpilleras as a case study, this book explores how dissident art can be produced under dictatorship, when freedom of expression is absent and repression rife, and the consequences of its production for the resistance and for the artists

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Austin: University of Texas Press, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: by Jacqueline Adams
ISBN: 1477302042, 9781477302040
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Originally published: 2013.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xii, 297 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm.
Series: Louann Atkins Temple women & culture series ; book 29
Subject: Textiles; Contemporary art; Women Political activity Chile History 20th century.; Protest movements; Arpilleras.; Women; Decorative arts Political aspects Chile History 20th century.; Crafts; Chile; Dissident art Chile History 20th century.; Society.
Series Title: Louann Atkins Temple women & culture series ; book 29.


  1. Preface
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. 1. Solidarity Art
  4. 2. Beginnings: Unemployment and Joining Groups
  5. 3. The First Arpillera Groups
  6. 4. Arpillera Making in Other Groups and Its Spread
  7. 5. Producing the Arpilleras
  8. 6. Selling Arpilleras
  9. 7. The Buyers Abroad
  10. 8. Selling, Giving, and Exhibiting Arpilleras in Chile
  11. 9. The Consequences of Arpillera Making
  12. 10. Conclusion
  13. Notes
  14. Bibliography